Revealed: The bizarre outburst basketball star charged with murdering his mum-of-five girlfriend made in court – as dead woman’s mother says four of her children still don’t know she’s gone
- Stephanie Lee Robinson, 30, was found dead in a home in northern Perth
- Chudier Thowath Pal, 29, was arrested on Sunday and charged with murder
- While in court he mumbled ‘I’m alive because I’m a real human being’
- Ms Robinson’s aunt said she suffered substance abuse issues and violence
A basketball player who allegedly murdered his mother-of-five girlfriend mumbled a bizarre statement about being a ‘real human being’ while fronting court.
Chudier Thowath Pal, 29, was arrested after his girlfriend Stephanie Lee Robinson was found dead in a home in Doubleview, northern Perth at about 7.15am on Saturday.
The semi-professional basketballer, who shared the home with the 30-year-old, was charged with murder on Sunday after the house was ‘suspiciously’ burned down.
Mr Pal, from Kenya, appeared in Northbridge Magistrate’s Court on Sunday where he made a series of odd remarks under his breath.
Stephanie Lee Robinson was found dead in a home in Doubleview, northern Perth about 7.15am on Saturday
Chudier Thowath Pal, 29, a semi-professional basketballer, was charged with murder on Sunday afternoon after a frantic police search
Ms Robinson’s (pictured) aunt said her niece suffered substance abuse issues and had been in many violent relationships, but she ‘still had a good heart’
‘I’m alive because I’m a real human being,’ he said during the brief hearing, before later mentioning the words ‘self defence’, The West Australian reports.
Mr Pal’s lawyer argued his client may be suffering from psychosis and asked for the matter to postponed so he could undergo a mental health assessment.
The court also heard that upon his arrest, an officer overheard Mr Pal mumbling about a ‘galaxy inside his head and a neutron star for a father’.
Ms Robinson’s mother Nyomie said her first-born daughter died an ‘incomprehensible’ and ‘horrendous’ death.
Nyomie claimed she was told two fires had been deliberately lit either before, during or after her daughter died.
The court also heard that upon his arrest, an officer overheard Mr Pal mumbling about a ‘galaxy inside his head and a neutron star for a father’
Just two days before her death, Ms Robinson told her mother she wanted to get her life back on track and make a fresh start
‘The hardest part is understanding,’ Nyomie said.
Mr Pal lived in the house on and off for months, but wasn’t on the lease.
Ms Robinson’s aunt Kyra Robinson said she suffered substance abuse issues and had been in many violent relationships, but she ‘still had a good heart’.
‘She made bad choices but she was a good person. She was always blaming herself for her bad choices and not being there for her kids,’ she said.
Just two days before her death, Ms Robinson told her mother she wanted to get her life back on track and make a fresh start.
Ms Robinson’s four younger kids still don’t know their mother is dead, however her eldest, 12-year-old Duncan, has been told.
The doctor who treated Mr Pal following his arrest said there were signs of psychosis, the prosecuting officer told the court.
Mr Pal, who stands at 206cm tall, grew up in Kenya before moving to Western Australia where he played in NBL1 teams including the Rockingham Flames and the Mandurah Magic.
He also played for the University of North Carolina Ashville Bulldogs and trained with the Perth Wildcats.
Mr Pal will reappear in Perth Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
A forensic officer is seen at the scene of the alleged murder on Ravenscar Street in Doubleview on Saturday